Overall Impression and Tone
Thor has me split at the moment. The scenes in Asgard – specifically the power-struggle between Thor, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and father Odin (Hopkins) looks to have serious gravitas. The action scenes look epic and the overall story and tone of the film looks to be sufficiently serious and layered, while never becoming so serious as to sacrifice the fun escapism and epic excitement that a comic book movie should provide.
However, (if you haven’t yet guessed) I am worried about that middle bit of the film set on Earth. I hope (and expect) that Branagh and the gang of screenwriters who worked on the script use Thor’s de-powered time on Earth - and romance with human girl Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) – as an opportunity to tackle themes of humility, heroism and humanity that should be the apogee in Thor’s character arch. If that Earth time doesn’t offer some good story or drags, the film will feel really uneven as a result. Luckily, Branagh is used to telling very human stories without a lot of bells and whistles, so I’m betting we’ll be OK.
If I were only judging the trailer, I would say that Green Lantern looks like a campy wash. However, having seen the script and knowing the details of the mythos created by DC Comics writer Geoff Johns (which is the basis of the film), I also know that despite the early impression, Green Lantern is going to be a more serious and (yes) darker film than people may be expecting.
While some fear Ryan Reynolds’ comedic persona ruining the film’s tone, I think the actor may surprise a lot of his naysayers and deliver the richly complex (and yet stalwart) character that has made Hal Jordan a recent favorite amongst comic fans. Add to that the technical wizardry from the some of the best and most innovative minds in the industry, and it’s understandable that Green Lantern is still riding high on fans’ most anticipated list for 2011.
Of course, all the positive things I just described are based on good faith and not what was shown in this initial trailer. Green Lantern still has a lot to prove, and trailer #2 better be spectacular.
VERDICT: Fair is fair and this post IS titled ‘Trailer Showdown’ and based on that criteria alone (the trailers)… I have to give Marvel’s Thor the early lead.
What did you think about the results of our trailer showdown? Do you agree with our verdict(s)? Which film are you liking best at the moment?
Thor will thunder into theaters on May 6, 2011.
Green Lantern will shine in theaters on June 17, 2011.